Gothic and the Graphic Novel
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This chapter is part of an international collected edition of introductory essays devoted to the study of the Gothic in literature, film and culture. It explores the way Gothic has been appropriated by comic art and examines the close relationship between gothic forms and the rise of the graphic novel. Exploring case studies and writers such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman, this chapter argues for the importance of the fantasy comic medium as a vital interpretative tool of modern culture, using different Gothic elements to comment upon power, gender and identity. The invitation to contribute to this collection arose out of a conference presentation to the International Gothic Association at Liverpool Hope in July 2003. This work is part of a wider research in genre, film and popular culture that has conceptual and thematic links with the following publications and conference papers: These Children That You Spit On’: Horror and Generic Hybridity, Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutations in Horror Film, (Edited by Richard J. Hand and Jay McRoy), Manchester University Press, 2007) This is where you get off: The problem of Ambivalence in early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagesis Journal of Popular Culture, 7, Summer 2004 (co-authored paper with Lucy Nevitt) You take it up with Frankie Valli when you talk to him: How Ethnicity became a public issue in HBO’s The Sopranos, Conference Paper, International Conference on Contemporary American Quality Television, Trinity College Dublin, 2004 This is where you get off’: The problem of Ambivalence in early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conference Paper, International Gothic Association Conference, Liverpool Hope, July 2003. (Co-presented with Lucy Nevitt) Family Blood is always the sweetest: The Gothic Transgressions of Angel/Angelus, Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 2, March 2003 (co-authored paper with Lucy Nevitt) http://www.refractory.unimelb.edu.au/journalissues/vol2/nevittsmith.html
The Routledge Companion to Gothic, pp.251-259
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